Have you ever gone to a dark theater? When you first get there, you feel kind of unsteady. You are not too comfortable because you cannot see that well where you are going. You are afraid that you might step on someone's toes or bump into the guy in front of you. But after a while, you become accustomed to the darkness. Your eyes adjust and you begin to feel right at home.
And after being in that dark place for a couple of hours, on exiting, it is the bright sunshine outside that hurts your eyes. You no longer feel quite as comfortable in the brilliance of the day.
The same can be true in our every day living. If you are someone who spends any amount of time in the dark places of this world, you may just become so accustomed to what is going on in those dark places that you no longer know the difference between right and wrong. Those things that you once found shocking and offensive, you may begin to think of as normal and acceptable. Those practices that at one time you found revolting and unpalatable begin to take on an air of "normalcy." And God's laws and commands, which at one time were a beacon of truth and a standard to live up to, begin to seem old fashioned and outdated.
We are living in a dark world. Murdering babies (abortion) is touted as "a woman's choice." Sodomy and lesbianism is referred to as "an alternate lifestyle." Sex, profanity, and violence in any arena are now called "freedom of speech." Sexual immorality is commonplace, and the traditional family structure is the exception instead of the rule. Yes, the world is dark and getting darker all of the time.
My question to you is: Are you comfortable in the darkness?
Do you enjoy being entertained by the filth that is on television and at the movies? Does your music collection contain CD's that consist of cursing, violence, or sexual themes? Do you read Harlequin romance novels more than your Bible? Have you been so brainwashed by the world's lies that you are beginning to believe that men sodomizing other men is normal and women doing who knows what in the bedroom with other women is A-Okay? Does marriage now seem old-fashioned and abstinence unrealistic? Have you become accustomed to the darkness?
The Bible gives us plenty of verses that tell us to be cautious about how we live our lives and careful concerning the things that we entertain ourselves with. It is not that God is trying to fence us in. God wants to protect us because He knows what happens to those people who spend too much time in the midst of the dark things of this world. Here are just a few verses for your consideration:
Ephesians 5:8, 11-12, "For ye were sometime in darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as children of light. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret."
Luke 11:34-35, "The light of the body is the eye; therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore, that the light which is in thee be not darkness."
Romans 12:2, "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."
Romans 13:12, "The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light."
2 Corinthians 7:1, "Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
Think hard about where you spend your time, what you put before your eyes, whom you surround yourself with, whose "truth" you listen to, and how you entertain yourself, because before you know it, you may just become so comfortable in the darkness that you do not even recognize the Light anymore.
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